Meeting to discuss withdrawal of Clydesdale Bank’s Aboyne branch

Clydesdale Bank Aboyne branch
Clydesdale Bank Aboyne branch

A meeting is set to be held today at the Clydesdale Bank in Aboyne following a campaign to save the branch from closure.

Clydesdale Bank announced in January that it was axing 40 branches across Scotland and six in Aberdeenshire with the one on Ballater Road being one of them.

Clydesdale Bank Banchory branch where Aboyne customers are being encouraged to go

Clydesdale Bank Banchory branch where Aboyne customers are being encouraged to go

The closed meeting today (Wednesday, February 15) is expected to take place between West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Stuart Donaldson MP, local Councillor Geva Blackett, two Aboyne community advocates and representatives from Clydesdale Bank.

It is to discuss the impact of the closure on not just Aboyne, but the wider community.

MrDonaldson said before the meeting: “The Aboyne branch is an important asset for the local community and more widely in Deeside.

“The meeting will be an opportunity for users of the branch to express their concerns directly to Clydesdale Bank officials.

Stuart Donaldson

Stuart Donaldson

“The bank should be taking all issues and views into account before making a final decision.”

Cllr Blackett added: “The implications of the proposed closure are far reaching and affect old and young, private and business customers from Strathdon to Torphins, from Braemar to Finzean.

“We need to see if the bank understands the community issues and if some compromise can be reached.”

The Aboyne bank - which local people warn is vital to the community - is due to shut on May 17 with the nearest branch in Banchory.

Councillor Geva Blackett

Councillor Geva Blackett

It will leave the village with a single ATM.

A petition was launched in Aboyne, which has gathered hundreds of signatures, following the news that the branch is set to close.

Clydesdale Bank was approached for a comment but declined.

See next week’s paper for the outcomes of the meeting.